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El Salvador, 2006

Dominican Republic, 2005

El Salvador, 2007

Bali, 2007

I am Iris, a young Mexican-American girl full of dreams. I’m really determined, down to earth, and a very positive person who loves to help out in any way I can. I like anything having to do with design, and I would like to study either interior or graphic design. I want to be involved in helping my East Oakland community and making it a better place. I also want to know more about the indigenous parts of Central and South America. I would like to know the different strengths that people have learned throughout life and the struggles that they have to deal with.

My name is Ana and I am Latina. One of my dreams is to become a lawyer and help many poor people. Another project I am interested in doing is cleaning the Bay Area parks. Cleaning the parks is important because that’s where most kids like to go, but now a days most kids stay home and watch television or play video games. Many parents prefer buying their kids video games than taking them out to do outside activities. They don’t realize the damage they are causing. So I want to focus on making the parks clean and safe places for kids to play, where they don’t see inappropriate things, gang signs, or graffiti.

I am Rickiea, a strong silly fun, compassionate, determined, caring, ambitious, outgoing 17-year-old young adult. Although I have had a hard life, I don’t let my circumstances and my background define me. Whie I was growing up my father was in and out of prison, an alcoholic, and on drugs. Because of my past most people would think I should be shy, angry at my father, drink and smoke, but I never let statistics dictate my life or who I am. I would like to be a counselor for troubled teens, opening a nonprofit organization where youth could do homework, get psychological help, and take dance, art, and business classes.

I’m Hernaci’ona. My hope is to become a successful pediatrician so I can cure those small children who are in need of help. I also want to build a senior citizen convalescing home, because I love senior citizens. My skills are listening, speaking words of wisdom and encouragement, and striving to get tot college. I love to laugh, and education is my number one priority in life. Motivating and encouraging youth to stay in school and get involved with leadership programs is what makes me Hernacio’ona.

I am Elona. I believe where I came from and how I grew up helped me become the person I am today. I grew up in the streets where you’re either a part of it or against it. Since I’m from Oakland, I get the stereotype of being ghetto or violent, and the way people seem to target young people in Oakland is outrageous. But I keep focused on my future goals and finishing school. I am interested in traveling, starting a business, and leadership. I’ve never traveled out of California, and I want to explore and get a better visual of the problems that many people are affected by around the world. I envision creating a computer center that involves workshops, learning how to use computers, and giving youth a place to socialize and explore the technology that young people occupy their time with.

My name is Jorge, and I’m a hardworking person because I have always had to work hard to obtain what I want in life. I come from a family in which we all find a way to succeed. In my family we help each other. The main inspiration in my family is my older brother. He has taught me how to apply myself in every situation that I find myself in. I want to have new experiences, help people and especially do something that benefits both me and the people around me. I want to travel because I want to know new people, places and cultures. The skills I have are listening, speaking more than one language, being a good friend and patience.

My name is Edgar, and I was born in El Salvador. I lived there until I was 14 years old, when we came to the U.S.  At the time I promised my parents I would pursue my goals to become a Civil Engineer and work for NASA, but first I want to get my own company. When I started middle school, I didn’t speak English. I felt bad because I didn’t understand what the teachers were saying. The worst came in high school. One time in the teacher explained the homework and I asked one guy that I considered my friend to translate, and he told me, “Don’t you understand? You’re already in high school, you’re supposed to speak English.” I said to myself, “One day I will speak English,” and now I am making my goals true.

My name is Virginia. I like to make the best of what we have and just grab and go, but I also like to analyze and think everything through before I do something. I believe in taking risks. One day I would like to have an organization that builds schools in poor areas, because I’m a big believer in education. I would like to build the schools, bring in teachers, and supply them with textbooks and school supplies. I speak two languages, Spanish being my first. I’m a very organized person, and I like my work to be in place because I don’t like losing my time looking for things. I am honest and trustworthy, and I can make conversation out of anything.

My name is Jennifer, and I am sensitive, funny, with a strong character. If I want to do something I’ll do it no matter what it takes. My parents are Salvadorians and they came here to the United States to give me a better future for myself. One skill I have is dancing Latin music. I love to dance and teach my family how to. Another skill that I know is translating Spanish, which I think is very important. I want to go help my people in El Salvador, and I know my homeland needs this Movimiento program.